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Is your child complaining about headaches or neck/ back pain?


The causes for back, neck and headaches in children can be very diverse. Matters such as work posture at school, sports, homework posture at home, gaming, test / exam stress and many other options are discussed before the physical examination is started. In addition, the aforementioned matters relating to growth and development must of course also be taken into account.


A personal appropriate treatment plan will then be set up from here. A history of back problems before your child starts his / her working career is a very bad start! Each growth and development phase brings its own specific physical and neurological changes.


Does your child have issues with co-ordination?

Coordination or movement problems are often manifested by wooden movement, abnormal walking or running pattern and clumsiness with sports, sloppy writing, poor tinkering, etc. Often school teachers, gym teachers, trainers at the local sports association or the swimming teacher already indicate that a child has difficulty keeping up. . The chiropractor will analyse the movement problems by means of an extensive examination. Subsequently, an action plan is drawn up in consultation with the parents and the child.


The action plan consists of various chiropractic treatment options supplemented with an exercise program and advice specifically tailored to the child. The goal is to get the child's movement as optimal as possible and to get them coordinating their body, so that this no longer forms an obstacle to the further development of the child.


Does your child suffer with scoliosis?

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Scoliosis in children is often discovered around puberty. In the run-up to puberty, children often have a growth spurt. In this growth spurt, a scoliosis can develop, this is called an idiopathic scoliosis. You might notice that you are crooked with your pelvis, back or ribs. Or that you have pain in your back, neck or shoulders or that moving becomes more difficult. It may also be that you have more difficulty breathing or are increasingly stuffy. But, scoliosis does not have to cause any complaints!


Puberty is often a difficult time for your parents to discover scoliosis. Your parents don't often see your back bare anymore. It is important that they can continue to check your back for asymmetry. They could do this with the Adam's test.

Scoliosis is a deformation of the spine. This creates one or two bends with a twist this can cause a bulge on the back, because the ribs rotate with the spine.


There are several types of scoliosis:

  • Idiopathic scoliosis: the cause of the scoliosis is unknown (80%) and is caused by growth, often around puberty.

  • Congenital scoliosis: the scoliosis is caused by one or more congenital vertebral abnormalities. Neuromuscular scoliosis: the scoliosis is caused by a muscle or nerve disorder controlled from the brain.

  • Functional scoliosis: this form can be caused by a difference in leg length or incorrect posture. This scoliosis is also called a postural scoliosis. With a leg length difference, the back tries to correct the difference, which can cause a curvature.


What are primitive reflexes?


To put it simply: something happens that is followed by an automatic reaction from the body.


To put it more complex: there is an external stimulus that the brain stem prompts the central nervous system to make a pre-programmed response.


Primitive reflexes are the first part of the brain to develop and should only remain active for the first few months of life. In normal development, these reflexes naturally lapse in sequence in the first year and replacement reflexes called "postural reflexes" emerge. Postural reflexes are more mature response patterns that direct balance, coordination and sensory motor development. In some children this does not happen completely. The central nervous system is not yet mature; the motor skills cannot handle many things yet. These children can suffer greatly from these uninhibited primary reflexes.

Primitive reflexes are movements a baby instinctively makes. These movements cause the central nervous system to develop. They help develop the senses and fine motor skills. Normally these reflexes disappear during the first year of life and are taken over by postural reflexes. Transition to postural reflexes, most primary reflexes are integrated in the baby's first year of life.


Postural reflexes remain active throughout life. As soon as the baby starts to grow, it will move more. By practicing all kinds of movements, the child gets more and more control over the body. After sufficient practice, a reflex is no longer necessary and it is integrated into the system. The postural reflexes, which are controlled by the higher parts of the brain, take over. This development is essential and provides access to more complex skills such as learning, control over movement and social interaction.

What symptoms may be present in your child if the primitive reflexes are not integrated?

  • inability to sit still or be hyperactive

  • concentration issues

  • sit on one or two legs, or in a 'W' seat

  • slow or difficult reading

  • bad handwriting or bad pen grip

  • difficulties with overwriting

  • receding margin

  • mirroring

  • 'heavy' head that is supported

  • 'hang' in the chair

  • startle reactions

  • poor filters (easily affected by noise, light)

  • long bedwetting (in children from 4 years)

  • poor coordination (especially during ball games, swimming, cycling, running)

  • balance problems

  • does not like change

  • Motion Sickness

  • throat, nose and ear problems

  • toe walking

  • suffer from allergies,

  • lower immunity

  • irritated by labels on clothing

Why are primitive reflexes so important?

Why do primitive reflexes remain present in your child? ​

The preservation of primitive reflexes can be caused by various factors. The birth process is a key factor in the integration of these reflexes. Therefore, a traumatic birth experience through a c-section can lead to retained reflexes. Additional causes can include falls, traumas, lack of 'tummy-time', delayed or skipped crawling phase, chronic ear infections, head trauma, nervous system disorders and also exposure to physical, chemical or emotional stress during his life can play a role.


Why is it so important that primitive reflexes are integrated? ​ ​

The preservation of primitive reflexes can lead to developmental delay related to conditions such as ADHD, ADD, sensory processing disorder, autism, and learning disabilities such as dyslexia. The persistence of primitive reflexes causes disorders in things like coordination, balance, sensory perceptions, fine motor skills, sleep, immunity, energy levels, impulse control, concentration, and all levels of social, emotional, and intellectual learning. ​ ​


How early can I recognise a retained primitive reflex?

Milestones are an important window into the development of your child and his developing brain. Your baby should roll between 4 and 6 months, start crawling around 8-10 months and walking between 11 and 13 months. If your child has delayed or skipped one of these milestones, it is possible that the child has retained primitive reflexes or a lack of proper tone (hypotonia) in their body.

What can the chiropractor do?

The chiropractor conducts examinations, from which follows a treatment plan with exercises for the home. The exercises ensure that the reflexes are integrated into the system and new motor patterns have the opportunity to develop. Often you see rapid progress in the children who follow the trajectory. The great thing is that the exercises are temporary, but the progress is permanent.